Tacoma serial arson suspect held on $5M bond

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A Washington state lady has been arrested in reference to a string of alleged arsons that will additionally embrace a lethal New Yr’s Eve hearth, officers mentioned.

Sarah Ramey, 42, was arrested Jan. 28 after investigators used surveillance footage and different proof discovered at a criminal offense scene to suspect her of setting fires between the night time of Jan. 25 and the morning of Jan. 27, Seattle’s KING-TV reported. She was charged with eight counts of first-degree arson, and different costs, police mentioned.

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Police later arrested Ramey and she or he had a torch lighter in her possession, in addition to a stolen bank card that had been used close to one crime scene, Daily Post 13 of Seattle reported. She has denied any involvement.

Detectives then searched Ramey’s dwelling the place they discovered a Metro Parks jacket that was related to the fires, a North Face jacket just like the one seen in surveillance video, two Metro Parks keys (Ramey is accused of theft and housebreaking at Metro Parks), and a stolen checkbook belonging to the sufferer of a hearth, KING reported. Detectives additionally reportedly discovered two pails of gasoline in Ramey’s 2002 Ford Ranger.

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The checkbook belonged to James Elliot, 83, who died from asphyxia ensuing from a fireplace in his dwelling on New Yr’s Eve, Daily Post 13 reported. The fireplace was not listed among the many alleged arsons that Ramey is accused of committing and she or he was not formally charged with committing this hearth.

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“There were several of us who, even that night, really wondered if it was arson. So we had concerns about that all along and I think the more arsons that we kept hearing about, the more concerned we became,” a neighbor and shut buddy, Kyna, advised the outlet. “We’re feeling like, finally, some of the puzzle pieces are coming together, and the police and the fire department are hearing some of the things that we’ve noticed.”

The string of alleged arsons consists of 4 that came about Jan. 25; seven that came about Jan. 26; and, one which came about simply previous midnight Jan. 27, in Tacoma and Ruston, in line with the report.

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Ramey was being held at Pierce County Jail on a $5 million bond, which was elevated from $3 million by a Pierce County Superior Courtroom decide on Wednesday, Fox 13 reported.

There have been no accidents within the fires Ramey is suspected of committing.

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